If you’re in the mood for a retro (1990s) good British mystery television series, then Wycliffe might fit the bill for you. It’s not “high-tech” or fast-paced, but it is Cozy.
Detective Superintendent Wycliffe is a quiet, intelligent policeman. He heads a small group of detectives who are very capable and loyal to him. He expects his team to follow orders, work together, and take the initiative. His subordinates are allowed to follow leads and make decisions about what they should do next.
The Wycliffe television series is a five season ITV network show which aired from 1994 to 1998, following a 1993 pilot. The main characters are Wycliffe (Jack Shepherd), DI Lucy Lane (Helen Masters), and DI Doug Kersey (Jimmy Yuill). All three of the leads are excellent in their portrayals.
The Wycliffe show is based on the mystery series by W. J. Burley. Each episode is a self-contained case Wycliffe’s team solves. (I especially like that there is a solution to each episode’s mystery. The series is set (and was filmed) in Cornwall. Expect to see beautiful scenic settings, crashing waves on rocky cliffs, green rolling hills, quaint villages. However, do not expect beautifully manicured lawns at large country estates where what seem like weekly fetes take place – like some other British television mystery series have. This series seems to be more realistic.
The Wycliffe television mystery series is available on BritBox. I recommend it to those of you who enjoy British mystery series that don’t feature a lot of adult situations.